Vice President of Business Development, SAP
SAP TechEd Las Vegas in September 2003, SAP announced the launch of the
SAP Developer Network (SDN), a collaborative online community of developers,
implementers, and administrators who work with SAP NetWeaver and SAP xApps
packaged composite applications.
The response to the SDN launch was overwhelming.
Over 90% of the attendees at both the US and
European SAP TechEd conferences registered
for the community. The SDN team at the shows
was completely caught off guard by the enthusiastic
response from SAP technologists — one attendee
commented that “this is the greatest thing SAP has ever done to
help me in my job.” Word of mouth has taken over and driven our
membership to over 30,000 users — truly
remarkable growth for such a new communication
platform. SAP expects the community to grow
to encompass the entire SAP technical ecosystem
by the end of 2004.
The SDN Web site serves as a central online resource that allows members
to gain easy access to deep technical resources and experts within the
SAP ecosystem. The site is open to all SAP customers, partners, and newcomers
who work with SAP technology. SDN is built entirely on SAP NetWeaver technologies
(the company’s open technology platform), is based on the SAP Enterprise
Portal, and features the collaboration capabilities of SAP Knowledge Management.
As a two-way communications platform for internal and external SAP technical
experts, SDN facilitates the transfer of knowledge among all the technical
communities working with SAP NetWeaver and SAP xApps. In addition to offering
extensive resources on SAP technology, SDN serves as a central hub for
collaboration between experts around the world. The site offers:
- Technical articles
- Web-based training
- Code samples
- Evaluation systems
- Discussion forums
- Information on developer-specific events
The SAP Developer Network gives customers and partners unprecedented
access to valuable technical resources both inside and outside SAP, enabling
them to speed through implementations and realize a quicker return on
The SDN team has received hundreds of feedback emails and comments on
the site since its launch, with suggestions for new features, different
types of content, and ways to make the site even more valuable. The SDN
team is 100% committed to making sure that user needs are the driving
factor in our future service offerings and site capabilities.
SAP has built SDN for all the SAP technologists around the world, but
it’s you, its users, who will make the community robust and tremendously
helpful for each other. Your feedback and suggestions are fundamental
to the success of the community, and SAP is willing to explore any type
of enhancements or additional features to make the community the single
best source for technical information and SAP expertise.
Please stop by the community at SDN.SAP.COM
and get registered — it’s free. Then check out all the great
resources available to help you be more productive in your job. Share
some of your knowledge with others in this community to help them out,
too. And tell your colleagues, so that they can get connected and share
the benefits as well.